Walden alumni holding her daughterWhether you’re an 18-year-old ready to start college or you’re a 35-year-old business manager and single mom eager to advance your career, you’ll find that going to college online is a very smart choice, loaded with life-changing benefits. The quality, quantity, and deliverability of online degree programs are advancing and improving at the speed of light. Online education eliminates many obstacles to going back to school and achieving your career goals.

Although there are many benefits of going to college online, we have selected the top five:

Benefit No. 1: Balancing Work, Family, and School

An online university understands who their students are and what they need to succeed. 60% of students who pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree online work full time; another 20% work part time.* Many are married and have children. Their lives are a balancing act, so time management is a required skill for success. Working adults can benefit from some extra help and online universities are making sure they deliver it with accelerated programs, competency-based learning, multiple start dates throughout the year, support services geared toward adult students, and the ease and convenience of being able to “attend” class anytime.

Benefit No. 2: Quality of Online Education

A major 2013 survey revealed that 74% of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as equal to or superior to learning outcomes in face-to-face education, up from 57.2% in 2003. The online faculty at institutions like Walden University is comprised of seasoned scholar-practitioners who use their teaching skills to integrate valuable lessons from the business world into the online classroom.

Benefit No. 3: Flexibility to Learn and Study Anytime, Anywhere

Successful online degree programs are built on an infrastructure of cutting-edge distance learning technology. No longer tied to a desktop or laptop computer, distance learning keeps pace with active students by providing easy access to classes, forums, and podcasts from their indispensable mobile devices.

Leading online institutions like Walden University deliver cutting-edge technology that matches your individual learning style. Thanks to Walden’s exclusive MobileLearn® technology, your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, or iPod touch are now convenient extensions of an “anytime, anywhere” online learning experience.

Benefit No. 4: Degree Acceleration Programs

More than 80% of online undergraduate students have transfer credits from previous college courses that can be applied to their degree requirements to help complete their degree faster.*

But that’s just one facet of degree acceleration. Going to college online at Walden University, for instance, means that you’ll also receive transferrable credit for your work, life, and military experiences if they are relevant to your chosen degree. “Life credits,” along with your transferred college credits, can meet up to 75% of the requirements for your bachelor’s degree and up to 50% for your graduate degree. Imagine being able to resume your bachelor’s degree as a college senior! For details, visit Walden’s Center for Degree Acceleration.

Benefit No. 5: An International Classroom

An online university provides unique opportunities for students to connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas with fellow students from diverse cultures around the world. The unique worldwide reach of online degree programs exposes students to an incredible depth of knowledge and insights on a global scale, enriching their college experience and better preparing them for challenging positions with international companies and organizations.

Wide Selection of Online Degree Programs

Take a closer look at the variety of college degree programs offered at Walden University, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, endorsement programs, and specialized certificate programs.

Walden University, an accredited institution offering online degree programs, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners for 45 years. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.

Explore Walden University's online degrees and specialized certificate programs that fit your career goals. Earn your degree at a pace that fits your life and schedule.


*CollegeAtlas.org, “41 Surprising Facts About Online Students,” on the Internet at http://www.collegeatlas.org/41-surprising-facts-about-online-students.html (viewed online May 7, 2015).

†Babson Survey Research Group, “Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States,” on the Internet at www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/gradechange.pdf (viewed online May 7, 2015).

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